September 26, 1988
Part 2 of The Reopening of the Western Frontier, a four-issue series exploring the West's changing economic and cultural landscape.
Despite its posturing as the helpless colonial victim of powerful corporations and the federal government, the West isn't so much weak as it is passive.
Miles City, a community of 10,000 which has spent 100 years living and breathing ranching, is experiencing traumatic change as economic and other forces shove the family ranch off the Western stage.
Life in the region is possible if lived within the limits set by the region, rather than by standards set by the humid parts of the nation.